We have an 11-game MLB DFS main slate on Monday, April 3rd, on DraftKings and FanDuel. With the Dodgers and Astros receiving two of the three highest implied totals on the board, a lot of the top-priced options from those teams' offense such as Mookie Betts, Yordan Alvarez, and Freddie Freeman, but to get those guys, we’re going to need some value. Let’s dive into some of my favorite value options of the day and some we can fit into our cash and tournament lineups!


MLB DFS Value Pitchers

Hunter Brown, Houston Astros (DraftKings: $7,400)

Considering Brown is $9.1K on FanDuel, he doesn’t qualify here but at just $7.4K on DK, he does. The 2023 top 50 prospects across the industry is in a good spot facing off against the Tigers. Brown had 134 Ks in 106 minor league innings last year and a 2.55 ERA in the PCL, the most challenging minor league to pitch in. The Tigers were dead last in OPS and wOBA against right-handed pitching last season and it’s not as if they made many upgrades across their lineup. Brown’s a -240 favorite, the biggest Vegas favorite on the board.

Zach Plesac, Cleveland Guardians (DraftKings: $7,900, FanDuel: $7,400)

Despite a pretty low floor, Plesac has a great match-up against the Oakland Athletics today. Oakland was dreadful against right-handed pitching last year ranking 29th across the board along with a 24% K-rate and the lineup might actually be worse this season. Oakland, a few games into 2023, is already right on par with last year’s numbers ranking 29th in OPS and wOBA and they have a..wait for it..39% K-rate. We love Oakland for pitchers, too, so another bonus for the -150 favorite in Plesac.

MLB DFS Value Hitters

Chas McCormick, Houston Astros (DraftKings: $3,000, FanDuel: $2,600)

After not starting the first couple games of the year, McCormick started each of the last two games and has looked great. He’s had a hit in each and has walked three times while stealing three bases. We’re seeing guys run at an insane rate thus far and that’s not going to stop anytime soon. Look at the numbers below;

McCormick loved facing off against left-handed pitching a year ago hitting .340 with a .972 OPS, .223 ISO, and .418 wOBA. He also had a 41.7% hard-hit rate, so there’s no reason to think he doesn’t crack today’s lineup. Right-handed batters have had a pretty successful career against Matthew Boyd posting a .339 wOBA and .472 SLG% against him.

Anthony Volpe, New York Yankees (DraftKings: $2,900, FanDuel: $2,600)

Look, Volpe hasn’t been all that fantastic at the dish considering he’s hitting just .222 through his first three games, but it’s what he’s done when he reaches base. He’s stolen a base in three consecutive games and has reached base four times total. Hitting ninth isn’t so bad considering the wrap-around potential he has. Following him are the big boppers in Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton with the potential of scoring plenty of runs. With a right-hander on the mound, Taijuan Walker needs to do his best to keep Volpe off the bases.

Miguel Vargas, Los Angeles Dodgers (DraftKings: $2,300, FanDuel: $2,500)

Vargas hasn’t really had a chance to show off his bat-to-ball skills because he’s too busy taking his walks. He’s walked eight times in four games and has been on base 10 times overall. He’s free across the industry and with the Dodgers checking in with the second-highest implied run total, Vargas helps you stack the Mookie Betts, Will Smith, and Freddie Freeman’s of the world. Vargas had 17 homers and 16 stolen bases at Triple-A last year, so that could very well translate to the big league level. We’re not just playing him because he’s on base, we’re playing him to clear the bases as well.


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